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Austrian Chancellor Tells Putin to End Ukraine Invasion As Mariupol Reports 10K Civilian Deaths

Austrian Chancellor Tells Putin to End Ukraine Invasion As Mariupol Reports 10K Civilian Deaths

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been a complete failure in all ways except one: the body count.

The Russian dictator is facing his country’s first financial default since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 amid growing demands from world leaders to end the unprovoked war that has seen some of the worst atrocities committed against Ukrainian citizens. The mayor of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol said Monday that more than 10,000 civilians have died in the Russian siege of his city, and that the death toll could surpass 20,000, with corpses that were “carpeted through the streets.” Similarly, images from the city of Bucha have depicted scenes of horrific war crimes that have moved some to invoke the term “genocide” in connection with Putin’s army.

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Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer traveled to Moscow to meet with Putin and urged him to end the invasion of Ukraine, and raised the issue of “serious war crimes” committed by the Russian military. Nehammer, the first European leader to meet Putin in Moscow since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, had spoken with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy prior to meeting with Putin.

“Thank you for the open and honest conversation and the friendly welcome in Kyiv @ZelenskyyUa,” Nehemmer tweeted. “Austria knows what the Ukrainian people are currently suffering. We will help where we can to alleviate humanitarian suffering and end this war.


Nehemmer said in a statement after the meeting that his primary message to Putin in the “very direct, open and tough” talks was that “this war needs to end, because in war both sides can only lose.” The meeting, which lasted just over an hour, was not “a visit of friendship,” Nehammer said in his statement, in which he also related he made it very clear to Putin that the sanctions “will remain and be intensified as long as people keep dying in Ukraine.”

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